Author Archive: Randall Newton

Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Motion picture academy honors software makers

Motion picture academy honors software makers

From the Bullet physics library to tools for storing volumetric data, 10 new software breakthroughs win Technical Achievement Awards. Hollywood took time Saturday night to honor the 2015 winners of Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the Oscars. Among those honored were 26 men and women recognized for 10 […]

Dassault Systèmes revenue up 19% in Euros in fourth quarter

Dassault Systèmes revenue up 19% in Euros in fourth quarter

Annual revenue tops $3 billion for the first time. Currency fluctuations were a doubled-edged sword for the French company. By Randall S. Newton Dassault Systèmes (OTCPK: DASTY) closed 2014 with a strong fourth quarter. Total revenue of €673.2 million was a quarterly record, up 19% (16% in constant currencies). Measured in US Dollars growth was […]

Autodesk announces subscription transition plans for new software licenses

Autodesk announces subscription transition plans for new software licenses

The move to subscriptions is about the payment scheme and the terms of legal use, not about whether the product runs on the cloud or the desktop. Autodesk suites are not yet moving to the subscription model. Autodesk today announced new commercial seats of most standalone desktop software products will be available only by Desktop Subscription, […]

Delcam adds vector and text flexibility to $149 ArtCAM Express

Delcam adds vector and text flexibility to $149 ArtCAM Express

The entry-level program can now read in 3D files but still outputs in 2D for engraving and routing.   Delcam has added more vector editing capabilities in an upgrade of its ArtCAM Express program. The new Autodesk subsidiary says the changes make the software capable of more complex 3D designs. ArtCAM Express 2015 offers 2D […]

Flat first quarter revenue report hides the real growth at PTC

Flat first quarter revenue report hides the real growth at PTC

Slammed by currency fluctuations and the move to subscription income, PTC needs its big Internet of Things story to kick in. By Randall S. Newton After a pop-the-corks fourth quarter (See “PTC says the plan is working”), PTC today reported a lackluster first quarter for fiscal 2015 (ended January 3, 2015). Total revenue for the […]

KeyShot workflow now available in ZBrush

KeyShot workflow now available in ZBrush

Two years after an initial joint venture, KeyShot is now available as a fully integrated rendering option. The popular 3D sculpting tool ZBrush now offers the option of using KeyShot as a fully integrated rendering solution. The combination is possible with the current release of ZBrush (Version 4 Release 7), and two new purchases of […]

New Spotlight features in Maxwell Render update

New Spotlight features in Maxwell Render update

Next Level uses its science research to improve its artistic toolset. Maxwell Render from Next Limit adds new support for spotlight control and volumetrics in its latest update. Key new features in the 3.1 update include: Fully controllable new emitters workflow in spotlights Extra sampling feature allows distribution of different sampling level values in different […]

MyCadbox extends alternative model sharing platform

MyCadbox extends alternative model sharing platform

When other companies are moving to all-browser or mobile apps as a primary platform, CADfaster goes retro with a desktop application as the centerpiece. CadFaster came to market in 2010 as the first third-party developer of CAD viewing tools for iPad. The startup took advantage of the strong architectural research infrastructure in its home base […]

New Dell Precision M3800 targets MacBook Pro

New Dell Precision M3800 targets MacBook Pro

Making a debut at Sundance Film Festival with an emphasis on video editing performance Dell is using this week’s Sundance Film Festival to launch its newest thin-and-light mobile workstation, the Precision M3800—and to position it as a new rival to the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display. New features in the Precision M3800 include a […]

Webinar to explore 3D virtual workstations

Webinar to explore 3D virtual workstations

JPR’s Alex Herrera to lead free webinar on how to deploy virtual workstation solutions. Virtual workstation solutions are finally ready for prime time across a vast spectrum of graphics-intensive applications—but not so many IT departments are ready for the transition. Jon Peddie Research Senior Analyst Alex Herrera will lead a technical Q&A webinar panel on February 11 […]